Brows Out & Brows In!

1920's Brow - Straight, thin eyebrows

1920’s Brow – Straight, thin eyebrows

1930's Brow - Thin brows, elevated height and                       extended length

1930’s Brow – Thin brows, elevated height and extended length

1940's Brow - Natural with medium thickness

1940’s Brow – Natural with medium thickness

1950's Brow - Thick and dark with a sharp arch in the center

1950’s Brow – Thick, dark with a sharp arch in the center                                                                                                  

1960's Brow - Shaven, penciled in, full with arch

1960’s Brow – Shaven, penciled in, full and   arched                                                                                                                     

1970 Brow - Natural and thin, but heavier at the beginning of the brow

1970’s Brow – Natural and thin, heavier at the beginning of the brow                                                                                

1980's Brow - Hairy and thick

1980’s Brow – Hairy and thick                                              


1990's Brow - Natural look, arched on the outer brow

1990’s Brow – Natural and arched on the      outer brow                                                                  

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As a professional Makeup Artist, I am asked to create looks from different eras, which is so awesome.  In this week’s post, I’ve decided to invite you along for a walk down memory lane to “Brows Out and Brows In,” featuring the evolution of, yes you’ve guessed right, the eyebrows!

I am a 40’s, 50’s and 60’s woman especially when it comes to the simplistic, sleek designs of Christian Dior and the eyebrows from those eras. I like my brows with a bit of thickness, penciled in, natural and arched. Today, I used Ben Nye brow pencil in EP7, NYX pencil in brown, MAC Cosmetics eyeshadow in embark and MAC Cosmetics brow set gel. So, tell me, which is your favourite era when it comes to eyebrows? Send me a note and let me know.

Here are some great tips for you to think about as you “Brows Out & Brows In,” the eyebrows.

  1. Brows may be filled in or drawn with a pencil or with powder
  2. It is best to use a pencil to define your brow where there are small amounts of brow hairs or none at all
  3. Powders will add volume and fills out the brows more when applied with a brush
  4. If you have oily skin, I recommend you use powder first to fill in your brow
  5. If you have dry skin, I recommend you use a pencil first to fill in your brow

Well, there you have it beautiful people! That’s all for this week, you make my work so much fun.

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Credits: Studio 67 Makeup Artistry & School of Pro Makeup

Vanessa’s photos: By Kelvin Kellman

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Powder Me Pretty!



Hello Beautiful People! Let’s continue our discussion from last week about your skin, but how it relates to your powder. How well do you know your skin? Can you identify your skin type?

  • If your skin shines like the sun by 1:00 pm, your skin is thick, you have open pores, and blackheads, your skin is oily.
  • If you have aged gracefully, but notice your skin is tight, flaky, peeling, with small pores, some wrinkles, a few lines and is somewhat thin, your skin is dry.
  • If you are showing oiliness in the area of your t-zone (forehead, nose and chin) and the remainder of your face is normal to dry, you have combination skin.  This is the most common skin type.

Great! Now that you have identified your skin type, you are on the way to creating a picture perfect face by selecting the correct powder.

Powder is designed to set your foundation, adjust the colour of your foundation and eliminate shine.  The benefits of using powder are: it helps your foundation from dissolving with the skin’s natural oils, eliminates shine on camera, adds longevity to cheek blush and the other color deposits on the face. Your powder should be lighter than your foundation; if your foundation and powder are the same colour, it deepens the colour of the foundation and powder, creating a muddy finish by darkening the foundation.

Powder can be loose or pressed; pressed powder contains more oils which gives more coverage and colour when applied. Pressed powder is ideally not recommended for extremely oily skin because too much of the pressed powder can result in an aged, cakey face.  Pressed powder should be applied with a sponge or kabuki brush.

Loose powder is fine and dusty, containing fewer oils than pressed powders, giving a light natural finish. Loose powder is not recommended for dry skin because it settles in fine lines and wrinkles in the face. I recommend applying loose powder with a large powder brush, or velour puff if you want a more intense matte finish.

For “Powder Me Pretty” results, I use the beauty blender from Sephora, the Make Up Forever HD Microfinish Puff, and MAC Cosmetics 150 large powder brush.

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Stay looking beautiful until we chat again next week!  Love you beautiful people.


Credits:  Studio 67 Makeup Artistry & School Pro Makeup

Don’t reveal….conceal!

Oh yes, your skin is an organ, in fact it is the largest organ of the body, and acts as the outer covering for your body.  Your skin is the first defense against the harsh elements and external injuries. Good skin care requires periodic cleansing, toning, moisturizing, exfoliating and masks in order that your skin appears and stays healthy.  However, when skin problems persist with superficial flaws, birth marks and dark circles, the use of a concealer is needed to make the corrections.

Concealers are applied before your foundation and after your face primer (visit my blog to get my product review on face primers); it is applied on the bottom and top eyelid, on large pores, laugh lines, age spots, and the deep inner corner eye sockets.

Tips! Tips! And more tips!

The Concealer should be applied with a flat concealer brush.  The concealer brush allows you to accurately place the product in the desired areas only.

Always use a stippling motion when applying the concealer with the concealer brush, as it results in a polished, even and well blended finish.

Concealers vary and can be in solid, or liquid form. Solid concealers don’t move easily and should not be applied to the corners of the eyes, where the skin is loose, on risen blemishes or crow’s feet; this would only highlight the lines and wrinkles.

The products I use for skin correction and concealing are MAC Cosmetics and Ben Nye concealers.  I’ve also been using NYX concealers to clean up the brow bone area and correct pronounced blemishes.

There you go beautiful people, that’s all for now.  Don’t hesitate to send me your questions.

Credits:  Studio 67 Makeup Artistry & School Pro Makeup